Team Culture

We have all heard players and coaches who have just won a big game or a championship talk about the incredible team culture that made them persevere and reach this pinnacle of their careers. They often speak about their team culture with great pride and with an aura of mysticism.  As a coach you want to create a good team culture, whatever that might be, but it’s probably a team culture that increases the chance of your team winning more games. You’ve read about great teams and great coaches who’ve been able to install a team culture that produced results. … Continue reading Team Culture

Prisoner’s Dilemma and Teams

There’s a simple gambling game called the Prisoner’s Dilemma that is played by two players against each other with a banker who pays out winnings to the two players based on the outcome. Outcome 1 is both players cooperating and getting paid $300 each. In outcome 2 both players defect and is fined $10 each. Outcome 3 is when you cooperate and the other player defects, with the banker paying the other player $500 (for the temptation) and fines you $100 for being a sucker. In outcome 4, the last one, you defect and the other player cooperates with the … Continue reading Prisoner’s Dilemma and Teams

Turn It Around

Imagine a team that is over-performing in the first half of the season to the degree that they are in the top of their league. All of a sudden they start losing every game and towards the end of the season they find themselves on the verge of relegation. What might be the reason for a team that has been over-performing predictions in the first half of the season to suddenly fall into a long losing streak? More importantly, what can you as the coach of such a team do to turn a long losing streak around and save your … Continue reading Turn It Around

How do you communicate with your staff?

We have already established that there are a lot of miscommunication in the football world between coaches and players [link to post]. Too many coaches use words that are non-contextual and without meaning and then expect the players to understand what they are talking about. The only logical conclusion to fix this problem is for you as the coach to start saying what you really mean. Most of you will agree to this and have already started saying what you mean to your players on the pitch which is very good. But how do you communicate with your staff? Imagine … Continue reading How do you communicate with your staff?

Preseason goal setting

At the moment the preseason is well on it’s way in the US and in Scandinavia with players enduring the hardship of starting up again after a relaxing vacation time away from football. The players are facing a new season with high hopes of improving themselves and their team. When they come in to training camp their enthusiasm and motivation is top and they can’t wait to get the season going. These weeks or months are spent learning and improving the style of play, team building on and off the pitch and general work to be as ready as possible … Continue reading Preseason goal setting